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May 23, 2010 AT 12:24 pm

From Knock-Offs To ‘Make-Offs’ – Forbes.com

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From Knock-Offs To ‘Make-Offs’ @ Forbes.com

The DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, movement in science and technology is demonstrating that it can do inexpensively what large companies and even Big Science have spent millions doing. I call them “make-offs,” low-budget knock-offs of scientific and industrial technology built with off-the-shelf components.

It is a version of what China has been doing to America, benefiting from the R&D that goes into refining the specifications, developing prototypes and building a finished product. Only now, with new digital fabrication techniques and open source hardware and software, individuals and small companies are in a position to compete globally with a distinctly DIY approach to innovation. It’s a new independent source of creative work, similar to what indie films are to Hollywood films developed in-house. It’s open, collaborative and done on the cheap. And almost anyone can play, as you can see this weekend at the Fifth Annual Maker Faire Bay Area.


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1 Comment

  1. The tone almost sounds negative towards the middle there, maybe just the connotation. Exposure is good.

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